::whew:: Been sitting on this for 2 days now; thought I was gonna blow up or something.
I am beyond excited about this. Y’know how they say “being nominated is an honor in itself?” Well, it really is in this case. The nominations come from SFWA Associate and Active members, my professional peers; the top six nominees get onto the ballot. I’ve been nominated before, a couple of times, but never gotten this far. The next step is for SFWA Active members to vote on the six nominees in my category, and pick a single winner. So I’ve got a 1 in 6 chance of winning a Nebula now. Holy. Crap.
Even better: I’m up against some friends here, so I’m unlikely to feel bad even if I don’t win. Saladin Ahmed is in my writing group. Michael Burstein is a mentor; I met him back in Boston. Jim Kelly is too, though we don’t talk much; he was one of the instructors at Viable Paradise, the year I attended. And while I don’t know Will McIntosh or Kij Johnson personally, I’m proud as hell to be among them.
El mas mejor: (Been practicing my Spanish lately, sorry; “the best” or “best of all”) The whole slate of nominees is full of amazing writers. Go check it out.